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Best way to add a shop (checkout software) to a existing website.

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Hello.

I have a friend who has a website - they asked me to look into adding a shop to the site.  There would be say 100+ items to the shop - so its not a big one.

What is the best way to do this.  I have used Virtuemart before - but the website was built using Joomla;  the Virtuemart extension used for the checkout.  

I could of course create a Joomla webpage (using Virtuemart) and link that website to the existing website via sub-domain name.  Or, is there a software package which is easier to implement than Joomla/Virtuemart.  As that could be overkill because 1) there's only a small amount of products and 2) the website has already been built.

Thanks.

Thanks.

Thanks.
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You can add something like Zen Cart to the site and style its pages to match the existing site.
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Yes there is another way to add a store to your site,like this one:
http://www.sourcecodeonline.com/details/powerful_php_e-store.html

But I must tell you that in my opinion Virtuemart is the best free software for a shop!
But still there alternatives if you are not using Joomla!
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by:SpencerKarnovski
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Hey guys - thanks for the options.

Zen cart looks promising indeed.  

Aboo, I know what you are saying about Virtuemart - I like it, very flexible and once configured runs smooth.  
Will run both these by my friend.

Cheers.
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by:Panagiotis S
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the best way is to  do  it with virtuemart (that you already know)

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by:tyronenoel
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dont just try one cart, there are many free shopping carts, i have used os commerce, have a look at all the different options, also see if your payment gateway have a plugin for the shopping cart software
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All great options.
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